The poem is in the New Letters Cuban issue.
Excerpt from Utopias, by Alfredo Zaldivar, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Randall:
I romanticized the tent they gave me
the fierce hand that caressed my skin
the assigned word
and promised touch.
I didn’t take into account the fragility
of the dying stag
who sleeps among beasts
the few doves who fly
when the lights go on.
I didn’t see the labyrinths surrounding the tent
the fear of conceding passion to terror.
I fled with such precision
that only my obsession for being on time
could ignore those flights.
Alfredo Zaldivar is co-founder of Vigia, a cultural arts magazine and publishing house based in Matanzas, Cuba.